Achieving health equity and eliminating health disparities remain at the forefront for Active Living Research (ALR). Since 2001, this national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported through its research, community-wide efforts to achieve active, healthy living.
Evidence included in this supplement provides a better understanding of disparities in both environments and policies that support active living.
In this article, the authors recap the events of the 9th annual ALR Conference. Solutions to achieving greater improvements in areas that are most affected by lack of activity are discussed.
Promoting physical activity and reducing obesity rates will see greater improvements when conducted on a multilevel, ecological approach.
Recreational parks, intended to promote physical activity, tend to go unused and ultimately become unsafe. Community events and programs geared toward healthy living may be better suited to areas where parks continue to be underutilized.